Antarctica: Exploring the Extreme: 400 Years of Adventure

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Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, 2001 - Science - 416 pages
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"The danger and excitement of Antarctic exploration are unmatched in the annals of adventure travel. Antarctica: Exploring the Extreme surveys four centuries and 40 expeditions to Antarctica, recounting, often in the explorersĂ own words, the wonders and the catastrophes they encountered. Fabulous sights, hair-raising escapes, and macabre deaths from storms and scurvy attended Ferdinand MagellanĂs 1520 passage through the southern straits and Captain John BiscoeĂs 1830 Antarctic circumnavigation. Nineteenth-century sealing and whaling expeditions from around the world are chronicled, and Ernest Shackleton's, Roald Amundsen's, and Robert Scott's anguishing trials of body and spirit in their separate struggles to reach the South Pole early in the 20th century are detailed. A final section describes Antarctica today, detailing the wildlife and geology of a region that is drawing an increasing number of visitors who, like the adventurers before them, are fascinated by the isolation, beauty, and challenge of the continent. This replaces 1556524285."

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Freelance writer and earth scientist Landis made several trips to Antarctica to research this historical survey of Antarctic exploration. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1, on general ... Read full review



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Marilyn J. Landis was trained as a geologist and earth scientist specializing in Antarctica. Now a freelance writer, she traveled to Antarctica seven times to research this book.

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